While the kitchen may be the hub of your home, the bedroom is your personal sanctuary — it’s also where you will spend the most time over the course of your life, so you want it to be perfect.
It is important that a bedroom is comfortable so you can feel calm and get the rest you need. But bedrooms can offer a lot more than comfort, and they aren’t just a place for sleeping. More than ever before, bedrooms are incorporating style and character and are becoming a fashionable oasis in people’s homes.
What are the steps to creating your ‘wow’ bedroom?
Get To Know Your Style
First things first, you need to ask yourself what you like. You can sift through some home design magazines for inspiration, but it might be simpler and more fun to take the HGTV Bedroom Personality Quiz.
Styles include romantic, dreamer, rebel, creator, and more!
What Is Your Colour Palette?
Once you have a sense of your style, it will be important to examine the colour palette in your space, and in your home.
Are you looking to paint your bedroom, or keep it the same colour?
Do you want your bedroom to blend in with the rest of your home, or stand out?
Do you like bold colours, or are you more interested in neutral tones?
How much room do you have to work with?
Is there a theme for your room (e.g. black and white retro, or airy beach)?
Do you want your furniture to match, or mix and match?
After you’ve answered these questions, you will be better prepared to begin selecting bedroom furniture pieces.
What Style of Bedroom Furniture Should You Choose?
There are many options to consider when selecting your bedroom furniture, and you don’t have to limit yourself to just one.
Classic bedroom style traditionally incorporates a wooden bed frame with a wooden headboard, matching bedside tables, and a matching dresser with or without a mirror.
You can choose a sleigh bed, with its lovely curved headboard as the centrepiece to your room. Then, you can finish the look with solid wood tables, matching dressers finished in rich, deep coloured stains, and matching bedside lamps.
This classic style offers a warm look that will stand the test of time.
Contemporary bedroom style can incorporate a wide variety of furniture pieces, from wood to steel and upholstered to iron.
You can pair a bed frame and headboard with matching nightstands and offset the match with a different style of dresser.
You can also jazz up the centrepiece of your room (aka your bed) by selecting an extra large headboard.
Traditional headboards are typically 0-3” wider than the bedframe and extend upwards between 14-29” above the horizontal plane of the bed.
Contemporary headboards can extend along the wall, taking in the width of your nightstands, and they can be as tall as you like.
The Mix & Match
Mix and match bedroom style allows you to pair pieces from different sets without being limited to one particular look and feel for your room.
You can pair a new headboard with an antique style dresser, and then match it with a contemporary bedside table. There are no rules.
This carefree look is easily updated and can be altered to go with your ever-changing style.
You Can Do It!
There are a lot of ways to turn your bedroom into a ‘wow’ bedroom. Come and visit Smitty’s and our expert decorators will help you bring your desired look to life.
Adjustable beds are the latest, and greatest, advancement in mattress technology.
For many people, the idea of an adjustable bed makes them think of a hospital bed — but that is far from the reality. The new adjustable mattresses are incredibly comfortable, ergonomic, easy to use, and they will improve your overall health and well-being.
Here is a list of some of the benefits of switching to an adjustable bed:
Reduce Pains & Aches
If you have back pain, suffer from spinal cord compression issues, or experience circulation concerns, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.
By elevating various parts of your body you will reduce pressure on those areas which cause you pain. By alleviating pressure you will improve circulation, reduce pains and aches, and achieve a more comfortable and sustained sleep.
Reduce Digestive Issues
If you experience acid reflux, heartburn, or indigestion, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.
If you elevate your upper body by 6-8”, you will find that your stomach is better able to retain acids compared with lying flat. A calmer inside will allow for a better quality of sleep.
Reduce Snoring & Asthma
If you, or your partner, are kept awake by snoring or difficulty breathing due to asthma, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.
By adjusting the incline of the mattress you will find that your passageways clear and allow for increased air and oxygen flow into your body. Improved breathing will mean that your heart won’t be working so hard and your body will be able to relax and achieve a better quality of sleep.
Improve General Comfort
If you, or your partner, are tired of constantly shifting and adjusting pillows to get comfortable to read or relax in bed, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.
The user-friendly technology will allow you, at the touch of a button, to get completely comfortable. Features include programmable positions, wireless remotes, headboard brackets, massage systems, USB charging ports, and more!
At Smitty’s, we are proud to carry a wide range of adjustable mattresses including: Serta, Kingsdown, Springwall, and Zedbed. Visit us at Smitty’s and try out our adjustable beds to find the perfect mattress for you!
Your Look, Your Style, Your Home — Amisco Bedroom Furniture
Monday, July 31, 2017
Amisco is a Quebec-based company that specializes in designing and producing quality, long-lasting products. Their line of bedroom furniture is some of the most comfortable and durable in the industry, and their innovative designs look great in any space.
Traditional & Contemporary
Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, Amisco offers a lot of choice. From classic footboard beds and platform beds, to upholstered and trendy, their line of bed frames is smartly designed.
Bed frame design elements include the use of solid wood, distressed wood, steel, and padded headboards for ultimate comfort.
Some of the latest urban styles incorporate built-in night stands that fit right onto the frame. Having a bedside table at exactly the right height is very handy.
Amisco designs and produces an innovative line of children’s beds in a wide variety of styles.
Upholstered beds offer a stylish and comfortable look for your child’s room. From soft, muted colours to funky colourful fabrics, you can turn any space into a kid-friendly room.
If traditional is more your speed, Amisco produces solidly crafted frames with metal and wood headboards and footboards in a variety of colours and shapes.
Amisco also builds trundle beds which can provide you with excellent functionality — you don’t need any extra room for footboards or headboards which makes them quite good in small spaces. You can even use a trundle bed as a daybed, depending on your space.
Amisco offers customization of its products. This means you can select your fabric covering for the headboard, the type of metal used for the frame and legs, and even the type of wood used.
Offering a wide selection of materials means that you can create a one-of-a-kind piece that fits your style and room perfectly. You can achieve the look you want, without compromise.
Durham Furniture has been designing and building solid wood furniture since 1899. Known for their exceptional quality, distinguished features, and sustainably harvested materials, Durham is an amazing Canadian company.
Located in Durham, Ontario, the business employs nearly 200 craftspeople, some of which include generations of families working together, who produce environmentally responsible and beautifully designed furniture.
Environmentally Sustainable Construction
When you purchase a piece of Durham solid wood furniture, you can rest assured that it was produced in an environmentally sustainable and ethical way.
Durham Furniture builds its solid wood products using lumber from replenishing North American forests, and they continually work towards improving their environmental performance and reducing their ecological footprint.
Their commitment to sustainable production is solid and has been acknowledged by the following third-party certifications:
Sustainable Furnishings Council – Silver Exemplary Corporate Member
California Air Resources Board Compliance (CARB) – all Durham Furniture products meet and exceed the CARB 2 compliance requirements of the State of California
Ethically Sustainable Construction
Durham Furniture is also committed to their Social Equity Code of Conduct (which extends to their suppliers) and includes the following principles:
Provide proper wages and working conditions for employees
Use sustainable practices in acquiring all products
Develop a continuous improvement program for environmental practices
Have a strong commitment to health and safety for employees and their communities
They have even set up a liaison committee with local Durham residents to communicate what the company is doing to protect the environment and support living conditions around their manufacturing plant. Durham is committed to being a socially responsible member of their community.
Traditional, Contemporary, Transitional
Not only does Durham build their amazing furniture in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, but their products are also fantastic.
Their line of bedroom furniture comes in a wide array of styles to suit any home.
The traditional line takes their cue from 17th and 19th century furnishings and incorporates deeply coloured wood. Styles range from sleigh beds to European style grandeur featuring ornate carvings.
The contemporary line incorporates Asian and urban styles with wood and metal in a range of tones and stains.
The transitional line incorporates furniture that is a mix of traditional and contemporary with fewer ornate features, clean lines, and contrasting elements.
Smitty’s is proud to offer our customers Durham bedroom furniture. Visit our showrooms and check out their beautiful and sustainable line of bedroom furnishings, you won’t be disappointed.
Adjustable beds are the latest trend in home comfort. With modern advancements and increasingly affordable pricing, adjustable beds have become the obvious choice for people looking to add another level of comfort and flexibility to their home life.
This is not your grandma’s bed. This not a hospital bed. This is the bed of the future!
In the era of Netflix and on-demand television, adjustable beds are the go-to solution for anyone who enjoys watching TV before going to sleep — and they are great for other activities as well. Do you read before bed? Work on your laptop in the evenings? Help your kids with their homework
Your evening ritual: stacking pillows carefully behind your back, trying to get the positioning just right. Put this time-consuming practice behind you by investing in an adjustable bed. Get the comfort that you want, when you want it.
Reduced Snoring & Other Benefits of Adjustable Beds
Adjustable beds have been shown to help with a number of different conditions. They were first used to hospitals to improve circulation and oxygen flow in patients, by raising the heart above the rest of the body. Although commercial models are not validated by medical testing, these same benefits have been reported by other owners of adjustable beds.
Based on past reports & personal experience, we have found that adjustable beds can help with…
Easing neck, back and shoulder pain — Using an adjustable bed to reposition your body can relieve pressure on various areas, such as your lower back at the end of the work day. Improved circulation will allow muscles to heal faster as well!
Reducing snoring and providing a deeper sleep — Elevating the upper body by 8 inches can open the airways, reducing snoring and providing oxygen to your muscles, so you stop tossing and turning!
Recovery from injury — Adjustable beds can help with major and minor injuries, including everything from simple swelling to post-surgery recovery, by elevating affected areas and providing improved blood flow.
Offer relief from common conditions — An elevated position has been shown to relieve symptoms of acid reflux or nasal drip from allergies, which makes it great for people who suffer from these conditions.
How Adjustable Beds Work
Adjustable beds combine the ergonomic benefits of a good quality armchair with the added advantage of being able to go from relaxation to sleep, with the click of a button. Modern adjustable beds use simple remote controls or Bluetooth technology to allow you to easily manipulate your bed’s positioning — without having to move yourself.
The best adjustable beds today will allow you to raise and lower the head, the foot and the middle sections, fitting any arrangement that suits you. An adjustable bed can be used in the same way that you’d use a reclining chair or a sofa. Or in new, creative ways!
Pro Tip: Adjustable beds do require the use of a specially-made mattress to accommodate the raising and lowering of the base. Typically a memory foam mattress will work better than an innerspring model, as the springs are easily damaged by the bending motion.
Durham Furniture builds solid wood furniture distinguished by exceptional quality, award-winning design and enduring value. It all comes from the little town of Durham, Ontario, where their reputation for quality and value got its start in 1899.
The History of Durham Furniture
Durham Furniture’s began as a community initiative to provide employment for the Town of Durham’s young people. Their original location was a red-brick factory, which remains the present site of the organization and its 200 craftspeople. The company passed through many hands over the years, before returning to Durham in 1992.
Today, Durham is regarded as one of North America’s leading manufacturers of solid wood fine furniture — and one of the best representatives of Canadian Made Furniture.
The Town of Durham is nestled amid rolling hills, forests and farms, along the Saugeen River. All Durham Furniture pieces are made from sustainably harvested solid wood in the local area. Their commitment to sustainable production is recognized by the Sustainable Furnishing Council and other third-party organizations.
Durham Furniture has developed a storied legacy over the years. In 1948, a furniture set was designed for the London home of the newly married Princess Elizabeth. After her coronation, the furniture was spread across Buckingham Palace and other properties — and a solid Canadian maple desk is used by Prince Philip to this day!
From luxury hotels to family homes, Durham Furniture continues to be passed down from generation to generation as a mark of beauty, comfort and quality. When you invest in a piece of Durham furniture, it is with the knowledge that it will eventually become a family heirloom.
Autumn is here! It’s that time of year when we fall in love with Canadian Made Furniture, all over again. Somehow it happens every year… :)
Join us in celebrating the superior craftsmanship of Canadian Made Furniture from Durham, between September 29th and October 16th, at our two store locations in Kitchener and Hanover.
During this time, we are celebrating Canadian furniture with the Special Offer of a FREE NIGHT STAND with any purchase of 4 Durham bedroom pieces (available for only 10 days between Sept 30 - Oct 9).
What: 25% Off Canadian Furniture
How: Buy 4 Durham bedroom pieces
Where: Smitty’s Fine Furniture — Kitchener or Hanover
When: Sept 29 to Oct 16
Pro Tip: To get furniture guaranteed for Christmas delivery, this weekend is the cutoff date!
Durham Bedroom Sets
Durham Furniture builds solid wood furniture distinguished by exceptional quality, award-winning design and enduring value. It’s all built in the little town of Durham, Ontario, where their reputation for quality and value got its start in 1899.
Whether you love traditional detailing and rich finishes or clean, contemporary lines, Durham Furniture has a beautifully designed collection that will complement your home and your lifestyle. Read our blog to learn more about Durham Furniture.
Did you know that as we age our bodies change and the comfort level we need of a mattress changes too. The mattress we selected 5-10 years ago may not be giving us the right support anymore. We may have more aches and pains. Our weight may have changed as well. So many things affect the comfort we now need and this affects the quality of our sleep.
Smitty's has great success when it comes to helping you select the right mattress. We do this by encouraging our customers to take 2 minutes lying on our BED MATCH Sleep Diagnostic System. This system recommends the best sleep solution - just for you!
Is your partner a different shape or size than you? No problem! We have a mattress from Kingsdown to personalize your comfort level. We've been using this science based technology for over 10 years. Our sales consultants will help you experience the BED MATCH system and finally get a better night's sleep.
Purchasing a new mattress can be as confusing as choosing a new perfume by smelling them all at the same time. It can be overwhelming and confusing to say the least. At Smittys we are experts at helping to remove the confusion and help make the process easy and stressfree.
Your mattress is the most important piece of furniture that you own. Nothing else affects your stress, health, immune system, relationships or your quality of ife like a mattress does. With that kind of impact on your life, it is critical to make the right decision and not waste your money.
When you set out to purchase a mattress make sure that you have time to devote to testing the matress and are prepared with comfortable clothing. This is a good time to send small children to friends or family so you can really be present in making this decision. As lovely as children are, it is hard to know if you are on the right mattress if you have children jumping on you.
At Smittys we have a Diagnostic System that we highly recommend is your first place to start. Our Diagnostic System allows us to narrow down your best comfort level through over a million variables that the computer matches to you personally. It is imperative to have the right combination of comfort (softness or firmness) and spinal alignment to get a great night sleep.
Your current health, sleeping arrangements and personal preference also come into play when making your selections. We are trained to find the best fit for you, matching your needs, your partners needs and your budget to achieve your best night's sleep.
4 Things That Affect Getting a Good Night's Sleep
1. Tossing and Turning
Tossing and Turning is your body's way of saying 'Ouch It Hurts - Move". It is also your body's way of saying we are in the wrong mattress, please get me a new one.
Our bodies are designed to find the optimum sleep position and stay there most of the night. If you wake up in the morning and your sheets look like you were in war zone the night before, it is a good indication that you have been tossing and turning all night. Our bodies go in and out of deep REM sleep. When we are tossing and turning we are not getting enough of the deep restorative REM sleep that is so critical to a good nights sleep.
2. Sagging Mattress or Sinking into the Hole
Mattresses should be changed every 10 or so years. Every year our bodies change, our needs change and our mattresses erode. The technology is constantly improving as we learn more about what our bodies need for optimum sleep. If your bed is sagging and you find yourself sleeping in a hole, you mattress has lost all its spinal support. You are doing yourself more harm by continuing to sleep in it.
There is no getting around this one - it is time for a new mattress!!
3. Too Hot or Too Cold
The technology in our beds has improved so greatly over the years that it is no longer for you to be either too hot or too cold. Either one will prevent you from getting a good nights sleep. Gel technology, convoluted foam, fluffy fibers or Latex foam are used to keep your body temperature at your normal level without being affected by your mattress.
4. Your Sleeping Partner
Although it is best for our relationships to be sleeping in the same bed, it is not always in our best interests for our sleep. Our partners movements, schedules, bodily funcations can wake us up if we are not on a mattress designed for 2 people. There are so many ways that your mattress can prevent feeling the motion transfer from your partner to yourself.
Most couples also experience the need to compromise on sleep comfort. The one with either the greatest needs or the stronger voice, usually ends up with the mattress that meets their needs. Compromise is essential in relationships, it is not necessary or required in choosing your mattress. Both partners can and should have the best bed for each person and it is not necessary to sleep in separate beds to achieve that.
See your Smitty's sleep expert to help you determine your needs and how you can achieve your best night's sleep. We can take all the guesswork out of all the options available to you.